First up, our wedding map. It turned out to be one of my most favorite items for the wedding. Arely at CaligrafiaBella did an amazing job. She is so incredibly talented and a delight to work with.
The process starts with her sending you a list of questions and requirements in an easy to follow instruction sheet. You provide her with a list of all of the places you want included in your map, lots of pictures, a google map of the area and locations, and the most important roads to be included. She has great ideas, so you don't have to worry if you aren't particularly creative!
Next, she comes up with a sketch. I was SO excited when she emailed me ours, because it was even better than I could have imagined. There really wasn't much that we needed to tweak, she got it just about perfect!
Finally, Arely turns her sketch into a piece of watercolor gorgeousness! I love all the calligraphy she uses as well. I mean seriously, isn't it just beautiful?!
I ended up including a map in each invitation. It added some color and beauty to the invitation suite. I have also had some postcards made with the map on the front (had these printed by Vistaprint) that I am including in the out of town guest bags and putting out at the rehearsal dinner. The map is so gorgeous I wanted to include it where I could! The original will be on display at the reception (probably on the gift or guest book table) in a beautiful gold frame and then later hung in our new home.
More pictures to come after the wedding. Stop by CaligrafiaBella on Etsy for more examples of maps she has done. I can't recommend her enough. If you are considering having a wedding map created, she is definitely the best choice! I think it would also be awesome to have a map made as a gift or for yourself of a hometown, a favorite town, or special place you have visited.